Oregon Transportation Commission to decide on Malheur County rail project

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SALEM – Three years of effort to open a rail shipping center in Nyssa now comes down to the vote of five people in Salem on Thursday.

That’s when the Oregon Transportation Commission is scheduled to consider final details about the proposed Treasure Valley Reload Center. Then, it will decide whether to green light the project, opening the way to nearly $26 million in state funds.

Based on the state’s requests for information, the decision for Malheur County is likely to turn on three issues. The state has sought assurances that Union Pacific Railroad is committed to opening new service to Nyssa, that there is enough business to justify the new rail center, and that Malheur County can round up the special refrigerated cars needed to safely move local onions to markets in the . . .